October 24, 2019 | Wanda Alger, IFA Field Correspondent
There is a rising tide of witchcraft in our nation with self-proclaimed witches openly casting their spells on our President and other leaders. That which used to be done in secret is now openly promoted and even celebrated by those intent on destruction.
How should intercessors respond to these spells and those who publish them? Do we cast those same spells “back” on those who spoke them? How do we separate these lost souls from their evil practices to pray effectively? We need to follow the consistent scriptural admonitions when dealing with anyone who curses others – regardless of how demonic or dark it may seem. As we deal with these demonic threats, we must check our hearts and be sure to have a higher goal in mind so our prayers can be powerful and effective.
The Bible clearly tells us to “…bless those who curse you” (Luke 6:28) and “…bless those who persecute you” (Romans 12:14). James warns believers of the power of the tongue with which we “…curse people who are made in the likeness of God” (James 3:11). We always need to keep the individuals separate from their words and actions when dealing with spiritual attack. These self-styled witches and warlocks who cast their spells are LOST. They are deceived and rebelling against a loving Father they do not know and cannot comprehend (2 Cor. 4:4). Regardless of their demonic intentions, we should always pray for them as individuals with the hope that they still might come to God through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
We must also remember that our praises to God are greater than any evil curse. Our praises shift the atmosphere and confuse the enemy, just like they did with Jehoshaphat’s army. Even when the people of God seemed outnumbered, it was their focus on the Most High God and the praises from their lips that brought them victory. Though we can renounce dark spells and rebuke the enemy, our declaration of the King’s dominion over our land will displace any demonic scheme and nullify any curse.
After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying: “Give thanks to the Lord, for his love endures forever.” As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another. (2 Chronicles 20:21-23)
Believers must rise up and declare the goodness and majesty of God, especially when demonic forces are advancing. We must release a sound of overcoming hope and victory that will change atmospheres and shift the spiritual battle in God’s favor. The enemy loses all clarity and authority when we join our voices in praise and worship to the One True God.
“Let the high praises of God be in their mouth and a two-edged sword in their hand, to execute vengeance on the nations and punishments on the peoples, to bind their kings with chains and their nobles with fetters of iron; to execute on them the written judgment—This honor have all His saints. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 149:6-9).
This sound of corporate faith and expectancy attracts heaven and neutralizes enemy forces. It’s the sound of faith from a people who know their God. It’s the voice of victory from those who are in relationship with the Perfect Lamb who triumphed over death. It’s a spiritual force and a sound that gets attention from heaven and destroys the works of darkness (Acts 16:25-26). Armed with a greater authority through our prayers and praises, the proper course of action regarding these spells and incantations is:
- RENOUNCE THE CURSES and NULLIFY them through the blood of Christ (Galatians 3:13, Deut. 11:26, James 4:7).
- SPEAK THE OPPOSITE – Bless those who are being cursed as well as those who are blindly cursing them.
- OVERWHELM THE ATMOSPHERE WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE MOST HIGH GOD! Get with other believers and lift up a corporate voice of victory over the darkness.
As we address the spirit of witchcraft at work, let’s focus on what we are FOR, more than on what we are AGAINST. Wickedness in high places is no match for a worshiping Church! Our unified praise and declarations of the reigning King will create a blanket of God’s presence over the land that no enemy can penetrate and no spell can stop.
“Then the sovereignty, power and greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven will be handed over to the saints, the people of the Most High. His kingdom will be an everlasting kingdom, and all rulers will worship and obey him” (Daniel 7:27).